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April 2013

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    Practice Manager, Childrens Services | Brighton And Hove City Council

    Practice Manager, Childrens ServicesBrighton and Hove City CouncilBrightonSalary:  £36313 - £38961Contract: Full time, contract until end of April 2014Closing Date: 19/5/13 @ 9amInterview Date: 24/5/13An exciting opportunity within our Residential Services that offer planned short breaks and Full-Time Placements to young people with learning disabilities. The home can accommodate up to 8...

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    Homeless Services impacted by Funding Cuts

    Research by the homelessness umbrella body shows that funding cuts are having a big impact on homelessness services.Despite homelessness increasing by 10% in 2012, five out of ten homelessness projects had funding cuts by an average of 17% with most funding for homelessness services being from local authorities.Findings of Survey of Needs and Provision show that by November 2012, 58 projects had...

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    New implant to treat hereditary deafness

    The implant, called the Bonebridge implant, has been fitted for a man in Edinburgh as his condition means he is unable to have a normal hearing aid fitted.He was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which is a genetic condition changes the development of facial bones and tissues.The man, Brian Hogg aged 29, is the first to have the implant. Cartilage from his rib has been used to fashion a new...

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    People in Social Housing Offered Recycled Computers

    The statistics for how few of those in social housing are able to use the internet has recently been highlighted as the new benefit system will be all online.Universal credit is going to be introduced later this year as a new way to apply for a receive benefits in one go.But a recent report has shown that 4.1m of the 8.7m UK adults in the UK, who have never been online, are in social...

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    17 Year Olds in Custody Must be Treated as Children

    Those under 16 are entitled to contact their parents or seek advice and assistance from an independent "appropriate" adult, but currently this is not the same for 17 year olds, despite legally being classed as children.The case was raised by Hughes Cousins-Chang, who was arrested by Metropolitan Police for a suspected robbery, detained for more than 12 hours and strip searched at a police...

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    Independent Living Fund Court Challenge Lost

     The money given to disabled people is to aid an independent life. The average amount given is £300 per week, and is used to enable disabled people to employ assistants to help them with their personal needs, and to work and play an active part in their communities.The government have proposed that when they remove the fund in 2015, local councils will take over the short fall, but campaigners...

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    Funding from DWP for Benefit Cap is not enough

    The pilot that has started with four councils is designed to test the changes made to welfare benefits before it is rolled out nationally. Couples and lone parents will not receive more than £500 a week while a £350 limit applies to single people. This will include jobseeker's allowance, income support, child and housing benefit.Critics have said the cap failed to tackle underlying issues,...

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    Shelter and CAB Create Joint Service for Welfare Reforms

     Shelter Scotland and the Inverness, Badenoch & Strathspey CAB will be opening a joint hub in Inverness, offering weekly drop in sessions and appointments.It will have a housing adviser and a money and debt adviser, to give a place where both sets of advice can be obtained at a time when more and more people need help.They hope it will help people keep their homes as they struggle with rent and...

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    Shelter Report 40% Rise in Need for their Service

    The charity have shown results from that Yougov survey that show that 30% of people have been forced to cut back on food in order to pay for increased housing costs.The survey also shows that people are struggling to find ways to get any extra money together; only one in five people who are struggling with living costs can get extra hours at work to help fund the costs, and only one in four would...

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    PIP assessments to be more empathetic

     Atos have come under heavy criticism since the beginning of the governments reforms of disability benefits. They are the company that runs the Work Capacity Assessment (WCA) for employment and support allowance and has been awarded the contract for PIP assessments for Scotland, the north and the South of England.There has been a lot of upset caused by the changes, in particular with the...

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    NHS under "colossal strain"

    The strain being put on the NHS is affecting front line staff and patients the hardest as 16% of hospitals have inadequate numbers of staff.Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN, has said that nurses are being put under unacceptable pressure as numbers are cut.He says the government need to see that cutting the level of staff will affect the quality of NHS service.Dr Peter Carter, chief...

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    Digital Deal Challenge Fund

    According to a report by Housing Technology 4.1m of the 8.7m UK adults in the UK, who have never been online, are in social housing.The Digital Deal has been created to stimulate and support social housing providers to undertake digital development work with their residents in order to generate savings and efficiency in the future. The challenge fund is open to all social housing providers...

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    Engage Your Community Through Text Messages

    The Creation Trust is the successor organisation to the Aylesbury New Deals for Communities (NDC). Creation Trust works as an advocate for tenants and residents by promoting a better working and living environment, healthier lifestyles and increasing opportunities for all.Aylesbury is in the third most deprived ward in Southwark, which itself is the eighth most deprived borough in England.The...

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    Housing Associations get part Government fund

    A2 Dominion, Genesis Housing Association, Network Housing Group, Notting Hill Housing, Orbit Group, Plus Dane, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Together Housing Group are among the successful applicants. The housing associations will share £700 million of government funding for new private rented homes. The exact details of the funding will be announced next month.Projects going forward...

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    Funding to improve social work practice is removed

    The money was going to be used to set up set up a group of senior social workers in a Social Work Associate Practice (SWAP) who would be deployed to help improve frontline children's social work in English councils.The SWAP programme was due to be its biggest investment for 2013-14 to help support local councils to:The CIB was also due to fund 20 peer reviews of councils' safeguarding services,...

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    Toolkit to help localise responsibility of Public Health

    The guide, which they have called a toolkit for local authorities, includes simple actions which businesses could take to improve staff and customer health and well-being, such as employers encouraging active travel among their staff, promoting smoking cessation or catering outlets reducing salt in their foods. The Department has developed the toolkit with local councils and businesses as well...

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    Guidelines to Ensure Charities are used fairly for public contracts

     The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Serco have publish a best-practice public services contracting code to try and keep contractors and charities working smoothly together.There have been problems experienced so far with charities being at a disadvantage, and the guidelines are intended to help improve relationships between private and voluntary sector.Contractors have...

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    £ 4m funding to help rape victims rebuild their lives

    The centres are part of the Coalition Agreement to establish 15 new rape support centres, and 9 have already been set up to help support the 400,000 women a year who are sexually assaulted.The funding will also be used to help the 65 centres that are already in place to give stable funding, instead of the as hov funding they have currently been receiving which puts services in jeopardy.The four...

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    Integrated Care May Suffer from New Funding System

     The report by the think tank has said that critical issues of how and where NHS funds are allocated are being overlooked in the heated debates over the wider health service reforms.Published today, the report warns that the changes to the NHS funding system make the funding more fragmented and risk creating ‘confusion and complexity’, which could result in undermining the government’s...

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    Charities Help Parental Substance Misuse

    The scheme will be part of the Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme by Action on Addiction to help families with substance addiction problems.They will combine the programme with Place2Be, who run mental health services in schools, and train their staff to the programme.The M-PACT programme is an eight-week intervention where families with substance addiction problems take part...

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    Concern Over New Disability Benefit Allowance

     The new benefit to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is starting to be introduced this month in parts of northern England, and will gradually be rolled out nationally from June.It has been introduced as part of an overall reform of the welfare budget, and concerns have been raised about the effect this will have on the quality of life for the people who have disabilities.Combined with...

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    Budget Squeeze Results in Less AMHP

    A study by Community Care shows fewer social workers are being trained as AMHP's as a third of councils have cut the number of social workers they funded for training last year.Data obtained from 134 local authorities in England and Wales revealed that 282 social workers were funded to undertake AMHP training in 2012/13, down from 298 trainees in 2011/12 and 289 trainees in 2010/11.There has also...

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    £1.7m Initiative to Improve Homeless Services

    Under the new initiative, councils are given standards that they must achieve to gain 'gold standard status'.These include offering a comprehensive prevention service, helping householders faced with repossession and adopting the no second night out scheme, which has been effectively used in areas of England so far to prevent a person spending a second night sleeping rough.The first ten councils...

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    Social Worker for Children's Social Care | London Borough of Newham

    Social Worker for Children's Social Care, Children and Young People ServiceLondon Borough of NewhamNewham Dockside, LondonSalary: £29,601 to £38,961 p/a plus £3,000 p/a market supplementContract: Full time, PermanentClosing Date: 26/4/13 @ 23:59Following the findings of the Munro Review, Newham is changing the way in which we deliver effective social work. We are developing the right...

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    Disabled Claimants Take Legal Action Against PIP

    The change from disability living allowance (DLA) to PIP began to take place this week in northern England, and will gradually be rolled out nationally.Three disabled claimaints are taking legal action against the government, and the new measures taken to test claimants' abilities.Their representatives say official consultation period did not mention new PIP mobility limit reduced from 50 to 20...

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    Funding for Mental Health Projects

     Projects must be led by people with experience of mental health problems. This means that people with first-hand experience take a lead at all levels and stages, from designing the project, to managing and evaluating the project.This is the third round of grants and there will be around 75 projects funded between now and 2015.There are specific target areas, which will have information sessions...

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    94% of Budget Cuts to Hit Women

     98% of people who lose out on child benefit cuts are women, they are also 65% of those affected by public sector pay restraint, 80% of those affected by the housing benefit cap, 60% by the council tax benefit real-terms cut, and 78% by cuts to tax credits.Nearly 94% of the cuts to household budgets this year will directly hit women, new figures revealed last night.Cuts to child benefit and tax...

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    Poverty caused by Housing Costs is increasing

    The JRF report shows the significant impact that housing has in increasing poverty, with an extra 3.1 million people moving in to poverty after their housing costs are paid.It shows the importance of keeping housing costs low and affordable,  but also good quality housing. Housing can make a big difference to how povery can affect people's lives and the scale of the impact it has, which reflects...

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    Women's Community Project Manager | PACT | Reading

    Women's Community Project ManagerPACT - Parents and Children TogetherReadingSalary: £27,000 - £33,000 paContract: Fixed term 31/3/2014Closing Date: 19/4/2013 @ MiddayInterview Date: Likely to be w/c 29/4/2013The Women's Community Project is targeted at female offenders and those at risk of offending.  It provides a safe, women only space with the aim of empowering and enabling women to...

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    £800k Funding to get Social Tenants Online!

     As part of the Digital Deal launched by the government last week, the scheme is intended to help those who do not have the knowledge to get online with new IT skills.The intention is to give social tenants help to get online, so they are able to access the benefits of it such as finding out about local services and schools for children to applying for jobs.More importantly, it comes before the...

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    The Change from DLA to PIP begins

     The process of changing to PIP is beginning today. It is introducing tighter controls on who receives benefits, and more regular checks on long term illnesses.The change to PIP is starting with places in the north of England being the first to be moved over, and will begin nationally in June.Last year, the total number of people claiming DLA was 3.2 million, and studies by the Department for...

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    Charities call for people with Disabilities to be exempt from Bedroom Tax

    The bedroom tax, introduced on 1st April, has received endless criticism for the way it will affect many different groups of people.A few exemptions have already been announced, such as foster carers are permitted one spare room.Read more on bedroom tax.The chief executive officers of Carers UK, Carer Trust, Disability Rights UK, Contact and Family, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mencap have all...

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    Cuts to Funding for Home Adaptions for Disabled People

    The criticisms from charities and campaigners are partially because the cuts will be affected by the introduction of bedroom tax.The concept of bedroom tax is those with a spare room, including those with adapted homes, will either have a cut to their housing benefits or will have to move to smaller accomodation.The intention of this is to force people to move in to smaller homes, and so the cut...

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    Dementia patients not receiving basic care

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have said that the care for dementia sufferers is very varied as to whether standards are met.The health officials have released a set of basic standards that all patients should be able to expect from their care, as a way to enforce was should already be happening.The new guide lines say that dementia sufferers should live in housing...

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    Personal Budget Support Officer | Reading Borough Council

    Personal Budget Support Officer x2Reading Borough CouncilReadingSalary: £19,126 - £23,708 paContract: Full Time, PermanentClosing Date: 22/4/13Interview Date: 8/5/13The Personal Budget Support Team works with older people, adults with a physical disability, adults with a learning disability and adults with mental health issues supporting them to stay as independent as possible. We work...

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    Refugee Charity Used to Fraud Millions

    The Charity Commission published its inquiry into the housing association last Thursday and detailed the ‘appalling abuse' by staff and trustees.The case involved 1,800 fraudulent payments, fictitious invoices, ghost employees and charity money being paid to individuals at the charity, their family members or companies connected to them.While it was set up to provide housing support to...

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    Charities missing out on £665m through Social Media

     The report by New Philanthropy Capital found that if charities provided more of this type of information to possible donators, 20% of mainstream donors and 34% of high-income donors would increase their overall giving. They found from surveys, interviews and focus groups that charities could increase total giving by 11% by using digital channels such as social media, and online content and...

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    Universal Credit is Not Ready Yet

    A report from the Communities and Local Government select committee has requested urgent confirmation that the switch to universal credit will not leave the system open to fraud.The MPs have criticised the government as the system for prevent fraud is still at an early stage, and not ready to be in place, despite already making some of the welfare reforms this month.They have asked the Department...

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    Repeat Offenders Will Not Just Receive a Caution

     Cautions, issued at the discretion of police, are a way of sanctioning criminals without going to court and are a good way to keep costs down, and can also be an effective punishment for small offences. Last year more than 200,000 people who committed crimes were cautioned.However, concerns have been raised that they are being used inappropriately against current guidance.The government review...

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    Anger Across the UK at Bedroom Tax

     There has been constant protests in the run up to the introduction, with many asking for it to be repealled, but the coalition argue that it is needed to free up the accomodation.George Osborne has today said that most households will benefit from the changes, in particular the increase in tax allowance, and that the critics speak ill-informed rubbish. He said:For too long, we've had a system...

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    Concerns over Mental Health in Prisons

     Concerns have been raised about Jersey prisoners suffering from mental health problems by a group which checks prisoner welfare.More than 70% of the prison population as a whole have two or more mental health disorders (Social Exclusion Unit, 2004), and in some prisons more needs to be done to help them.Prisons have found that the number of prisoners with mental health problems has risen over...

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    Funding Creates New Mental Health Support

     They will be using it as part of the project 'Your Support, Your Choice', which is an initiative to help people with mental health and disability problems to personalise their care programmes.Blackburn and Darwen council have developed the programme to improve the long-term care and support for people in the area.The funding will be used by Lancashire Mind to develop new approaches to health...

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    MOJ launch service to help Charities with Reoffending

     The data will give voluntary and community sector (VCS) agencies access to high-quality reoffending data tailored to their needs. The data they submit will matched with national records to give a reoffending rate, and will be compared with a control group to show the effectiveness.This is intended to give valuable information for rehabilitation schemes and gives the service an understanding of...

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